Gaming is Not a Waste Of Time

Gaming is Not a Waste Of Time

At the beginning of the lockdown this year, I suddenly found myself unable to do many activities that I liked doing. I used to go to the gym very frequently, hang out with friends and see co-workers. As a solution, I started to watch more tv shows, eating bad and splurge money on things I didn't need just to compensate for what I missed in my before-covid-life.

That's how I discovered gaming ( again ) in life. I stopped playing video games for years, thinking it was childish, unproductive and worthless. But I rediscovered gaming from a new different perspective this year. I consider it a sport. I am now very passionate about challenging video games and I play daily.

In this article we are going to talk about the importance of gaming and how it can improve cognitive and social skills.

Problem Solving

Video games tend to be very engaging.  The player is always challenged and rewarded. This mechanism of challenge-reward gets embedded in the player's mind and can change the way he perceives problems in real life. A lot of people find it hard to deal with difficulties in life, they might start blaming themselves or others. In fact, every problem can be seen as challenge in life that needs a solution, and passing a challenge will definitely be rewarding, even if it's just a moral reward.

Team work

In some video games where the player has a role in a team of strangers against a team of strangers and the goal is to win. The game can put the players in situations that makes them discover themselves more. They might be in a team with the most toxic people or the most stupid. Sometimes the enemy team is so experienced that they need to manage pressure within the team and choose whether to resist or surrender. Games like this can challenge the player's social skills, they pressure the player to find ways to collaborate with strangers who might even not speak the same language.

Discomfort tolerance

Some video games can push people to put their self-esteem on the line. Question their worth or cognitive capabilities. You might wait for the end of the day to go play, and then spend hours losing. Or you might get into an argument with some toxic people in the game. These difficulties are part of the game and they can help improve the tolerance to stress and discomfort.

Coordination

The vast majority of video games require controllers like keyboard/ mouse/ joystick. In order to play with high efficiency and win most games, the player has to map each action on the game to an action on the controller. After playing for a long time, the player might perform an action 1000+ times and start building reflexes.  The improved hands-eye coordination can help create shorter neural pathways in the brain, making the player efficiently reactive to his environment.

But careful...

It's true that video games can help people improve their social skills and cognitive skills. It's true that gaming is a real sport. But it's important to keep in mind that it should be practiced with moderation. Some people, unfortunately, can easily get addicted to them and abandon their responsibilities and aspirations in life for the sake of playing more video games.

I hope this article changed your perspective towards gaming, please do not hesitate to read more articles in the blog and share value with your friends. Thank you for your time.